Alice In Chains have come a long way since the 1990 Facelift. Every album by these amazingly talented 4 men from Seattle gets better than the last. Dirt (1992) in my view is probably one of THE best rock albums yet. AIC are very hard to classify, i suppose they could be called grunge as they are part of the small group of bands from Seattle that are grunge. These are Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and so on. Layne Staley can do things with his voice that most vocalists would kill for. He is a great singer and has so much emotion, he gets this accross very well. Jerry Cantrell's riffs are just amazing and have the tone and quality that only AIC can give. Mike Starr and later Mike Inez (recently in Slash's snakepit) are both unbelievable bassists. Then there is Sean Kinney on drums who is just one of the best technical drummers around. This album, nicknamed TRIPOD for obvious reasons has the best collection of songs ranging from all areas of the bands Pshyche. From dark songs to light half-comedy songs. "Heaven Beside You" and "Grind" are the real stand out tracks, but the album as a whole cannot be beaten. This is the most expressive and also the last studio album alice did before they stopped recording (for now). My choice would be buy now ask questions later.